Why choose Oilatum?

  • Developed by dermatologists at the forefront of skincare
  • Over 50 years of skin experience
  • Suitable for the whole family
  • Expert range to soothe and protect dry and eczema prone skin
  • Helps to relieve dry skin from head to toe

For long term care of your baby or child’s dry skin, you can trust the Oilatum Junior range from their first bath onwards*. Because we know today’s little moments can become tomorrow’s treasured memories.

Soothing and Moisturising

  1. Oilatum Junior Cream: Used to soothe and treat atopic eczema, contact dermatitis and dry skin conditions in children and babies. The product soothes, softens and rehydrates the skin while also relieving itching.
  2. Oilatum Junior Bath Additive: A soothing bath treatment for little ones suffering with eczema and dry skin conditions. The product has been specially formulated to rehydrate and protect, while producing a soothing milky bath to both treat and cleanse the skin.

Junior Bath Additive and Junior Cream contain light liquid paraffin. Always read the label.

Oilatum frequently asked questions

  • What is eczema?

    Healthy skin contains fats and oils which help to maintain moisture by creating a protective layer.
    In eczema prone skin, the cells don’t produce as many fats and oils and so retain less water. This leads to the protective layer being weaker, allowing irritants and allergens to enter the skin leading to irritation.

  • What are the symptoms of eczema?

    Eczema can cause the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. In severe cases there may be weeping, crusting and bleeding.
    Eczema usually occurs in areas where the skin folds, such as: Behind the knees, inside the elbows, the sides of the neck and also around the eyes and ears.

  • How much emollient should I use on my child?

    Parents of children with eczema should try to bathe their child in an emollient wash product once a day.
    Emollient creams should be used frequently; the weekly recommended amount for children is 250g per week. On a day to day basis, it is recommended to apply an emollient cream up to 3 to 4 times a day.

  • How common is eczema?

    Eczema is an extremely common condition affecting one in five children in the UK.** In fact, 8 out of 10 cases occur before the child turns 5.*** Whilst people usually grow out of eczema, one in twelve adults have eczema.****

  • How should I treat dry and eczema prone skin?

    The most common method of treatment is the use of emollients. Emollients are a treatment in eczema and dry skin conditions to moisturise the skin by soothing and softening. For more information on how to treat your child’s eczema please speak to your pharmacist or doctor for advice.

  • How can I protect mine and my child’s skin during winter?

    1. Make sure the skin is moisturised using an oil-based moisturiser.
    2. Wrap yourself and your child up so both of you are protected from the harsh environment that winter brings.
    3. If you or your child has a dry skin condition including eczema use a gentle bath wash such as a bath additive. After washing use an emollient cream.
    4. Try not to overheat the skin once indoors as extremes in temperature can aggravate the skin.
    5. When drying after a bath or shower, pat your skin gently instead of rubbing the skin dry
  • What are the top tips for bathing a child with dry skin conditions including eczema?

    1. Add a bath emollient to the water to help prevent the skin from drying out.
    2. To keep the temperature as close to the bathroom air temperature as possible - changes in temperature can aggravate the skin.
    3. Soak your child in the bath water for 10-20 minutes - try to avoid keeping them in bath longer as this may actually dry out the skin.
    4. After bathing, apply an emollient cream to all areas of the skin to lock in the moisture.
  • How do I help my child with eczema to not scratch during the night? 

    1. Try to keep their bedroom cool, but not too cold.
    2. Use cotton sheets that have been washed with a sensitive skin detergent.
    3. Apply an emollient cream about 20 minutes before bedtime to allow it to soak in to the skin.
    4. Do not allow pets to sleep in the same room as your child.
    5. Try to keep your child’s nails short so any scratching that does occur does minimal damage
  • What is Oilatum junior used for?

    The Oilatum junior range soothes, softens and hydrates dry and eczema-prone skin in babies and children. Oilatum daily products help reduce the occurrence of dry skin conditions in children by respecting the natural moisture barrier of young skin, while the Oilatum treatment products hydrate the skin and reduce itching.

  • Does Oilatum work for eczema?

    Oilatum for babies and children is a specialist range of products developed by dermatologists at the forefront of skincare to soothe and protect eczema prone skin. The treatment cream and bath additives are suitable for children and babies with eczema and other dry skin conditions. Daily bathing and cleansing products are also suitable for those prone to eczema.

  • Can Oilatum be used on the face?

    The Oilatum junior range is designed to relieve dry skin from head to toe, so is suitable for use on the face. Avoid contact with the eyes and always read the label.

  • How do you use Oilatum junior cream?

    Apply with clean hands to affected areas and rub in well. Oilatum Junior Cream is especially effective if applied immediately after washing, to counteract the loss of essential oils from the skin.

  • Is Oilatum suitable for sunburn?

    Inflamed, sunburnt skin will lose water as the skin barrier is disrupted; applying moisturising cream, such as Oilatum junior cream, can act as a barrier against water loss and support the healing process. Oilatum products are not suitable as sunscreen.

  • Is Oilatum suitable for babies?

    The Oilatum junior range is suitable for children and babies, even from day one*.

  • How do you use Oilatum junior bath additives?

    For children, add 1 to 3 capfuls to an 8 inch bath of warm water. Soak for 10-20 minutes then pat dry. For an infant bath, add half to 2 capfuls to a basin of warm water, then apply gently over entire body with a sponge. For skin cleansing, rub a small amount into wet skin, rinse off and pat dry. Must always be used with water.


“After a few trial and errors, they [GP] recommended for us to try Oilatum Junior Cream. We started using it straight away and noticed the difference after just one use. After a while of use, his itching drastically reduced, we were even able to let him spend the day time without wearing mittens, meaning he could play like a child his own age. With the cream working so well, we decided to also try Oilatum’s Bath Formula. We found the combination of the two worked so well with helping to soothe Roan’s skin…I could not recommend Oilatum enough. It has been a real life-saver for us”.
Cherise, Mum of two

“She's just content, we've got more time when she's just happy and content and playing. Whereas, previously if she was awake, she was either eating, naked or crying. Those were kind of the only options. But since using Oilatum, she can play and just be content, it’s just amazing to see the difference…I have been recommending Oilatum to all my mummy friends and I can confidently say, it has made not only our beautiful Florence’s life better, but the whole family’s”.
Lisa, Mum of one

“We now use both the Oilatum Head to Toe wash and the Oilatum Bath Foam and Jay’s skin has never looked better. It’s not come up in any kind of rash, nor has his eczema been irritated by these products. This result feels like a huge success for parents who have had a long time of watching their children in pain, especially during bath time when soaps can cause stinging.  Jay can now enjoy his bubble bath, a normal part of childhood, without us having the constant worry of repercussions.”
Beth, Mum of one


*Full term babies only.
** & ***www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/eczema
Oilatum Junior Bath Additive (light liquid paraffin) and Oilatum Junior Cream are medicines for eczema and related dry skin conditions.
Always read the label.